Dengue fever hotbeds under control in Hanoi

A report from the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health showed that Hanoi tops the list of 10 localities with highest dengue fever cases nationwide. The municipal Department of Health reported 19,962 dengue fever cases with seven deaths from January 1 to August 22. The virus was found in all 30 districts and wards, mostly in inner city.  Hanoi has conducted large-scale spraying of anti-mosquito chemicals, while promptly tackling small and newly-detected outbreaks. Head of the Department of Preventive Medicine Tran Dac Phu said that in the coming time, the health sector will focus on killing mosquitoes in outskirt localities and adjacent provinces. Since early this year, as many as 100,417 dengue fever cases have been reported nationwide, a rise of 47.9% year on year, with 26 deaths, 9 more than the same period last year. The southern region accounted for 52.7% of dengue patients, northern region had 29.1%, and the central region 14.9%. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the two leading localities with highest cases and deaths. Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long asked Hanoi and other localities to roll out stronger measures to suppress dengue virus on the threshold of the new academic year. He also called for cooperation from ministries, sectors and the community in the work.... [read more]

Spraying anti-mosquito chemicals in Lang Ha ward of Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The number of new dengue fever cases in Hanoi has dropped in the recent two weeks but is still high, heard a meeting of the Steering Committee on Epidemics Prevention and Control in Hanoi on August 25. A report from the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health showed that Hanoi tops the list of 10 localities with highest dengue fever cases nationwide. The municipal Department of Health reported 19,962 dengue fever cases with seven deaths from January 1 to August 22. The virus was found in all 30 districts and wards, mostly in inner city. Hanoi has conducted large-scale spraying of anti-mosquito chemicals, while promptly tackling small and newly-detected outbreaks. Head of the Department of Preventive Medicine Tran Dac Phu said that in the coming time, the health sector will focus on killing mosquitoes in outskirt localities and adjacent provinces. Since early this year, as many as 100,417 dengue fever cases have been reported nationwide, a rise of 47.9 percent year on year, with 26 deaths, 9 more than the same period last year. The southern region accounted for 52.7 percent of dengue patients, northern region had 29.1 percent, and the central region 14.9 percent. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the two leading localities with highest cases and deaths. Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long asked Hanoi and other localities…... [read more]

Health workers have sprayed anti-mosquito chemicals in border districts, including Dak Lak’s Ea Sup and Buon Don districts and Mondulkiri’s Koah Nheak and Pechanda districts. They also taught local people to use mosquito nets every day and soak mosquito nets in insecticide, while providing treatment for malaria patients. Nearly 100,000 people in border districts of Dak Lak and Mondulkiri provinces are at high risk of malaria due to their mountainous location and people’s limited knowledge on malaria prevention. Thanks to joint intensified prevention efforts, the disease had been controlled, and the number of malaria cases had seen a sharp decline in the provinces. This year, Dak Lak’s health care sector targets further decrease in the patient number, no death from malaria and no malaria epidemic break out in the locality.... [read more]

Viet Nam News ĐỒNG THÁP -- More than 3,300 dengue fever cases have been reported since the beginning of the year in southern Đồng Tháp Province, a year-on-year increase of over 33 per cent, health authority said. Two people have died, according to the provincial Preventive Medicine Centre. From the last week of October till early November, 62 cases were recorded in the province, mostly in the districts of Thanh Bình, Cao Lãnh and Cao Lãnh City. "This year is the incipient of the outbreak of dengue fever following the cycle of the disease over the previous 4-6 years. It is estimated that the situation will get more complicated in 2017," said Dương Ân Hận, the centre's deputy director. Abundant rainfall in the region has increased the mosquito population, resulting in a rising number of dengue cases and the risk of an outbreak, he said. The health centre has told local health officials to step up epidemiology efforts in wards and communes and spray anti-mosquito chemicals at hot spots which are at high risk of an outbreak, Hận said. The centre has also advised the public to get rid of mosquitoes and larvae to prevent infection, he added. Health authorities have advised people with suspected cases of dengue fever to get hospitalised at the earliest. Victims often display symptoms of high fever for over 3-4 days, fatigue, dizziness, stomach aches, vomiting and rashes. There is no vaccine for dengue fever, which is transmitted through mosquito bites. - VNS... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – The number of Zika infections in Singapore stood at 189 as of September 2. The country’s National Environment Agency said the same day that there will be community outreach activities over the next two weeks across the island to urge residents to fight Zika. They should ensure that mosquitoes are not breeding in homes and remove stagnant water. Despite the rise in Zika infections, Singapore has been recognised for making textbook response to the Zika outbreak and its Government’s handling of the outbreak represented a “role model”. Peter Salama, head of the WHO’s outbreaks and emergencies, said on September 2 that since the confirmation of the first locally-transmitted Zika case, within that period of time, there’s been an enormous amount of lab work, public health work, including vector control, detailed follow-up including retroactive analysis of cases. He hailed the transparency and quick reporting the Singaporean Government has implemented in the case of this outbreak and hope that all other countries can do the same. The first locally transmitted case, a 47-year-old Malaysian woman, was announced on August 27. In May, Singapore reported the first Zika case, who contracted the mosquito-borne virus in Brazil. Meanwhile, Thailand recorded two more Zika cases in northern Chiang Mai province, local media reported on September 2. Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart confirmed that two women from San Sai district aged 18 and 74 were diagnosed with the infection. The previous Zika outbreak was also found in the same district. Local media said…... [read more]

Floods kill two miners in Lao Cai Phạm Văn Thắng, secretary of Văn Bàn District's Party Committee, said yesterday evening that the accident happened early Saturday morning in the exploitation site of Vàng Nhẫn Company in the district's Mà Sa Phìn hamlet, Nâm Xây Commune. The floods swept away two workers and injured four. The bodies of the two missing victims were later found in Chăn stream and were handed over to their families. The four injured workers were transferred to medical establishments, but they had not sustained serious injuries. Mà Sa Phìn hamlet is the most remote area of Nâm Xây Commune, and is among six hamlets that continue to be isolated from other parts of the commune by floods. Typhoon Dianmu, the third of its kind to batter Việt Nam this year, swept through the northern provinces over the weekend after making landfall on Friday. An earlier report by the office of the central steering committee for disaster prevention said seven people were killed, two were missing and eight were injured in the storm. Boat sinks off Rach Goc, six fishermen rescued Coastguards in the southernmost Cà Mau Province's Ngọc Hiển District saved six fishermen drifting in the sea off Rạch Gốc Town, the Vietnam News Agency reported. The provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and search and rescue said today that the fishermen's boat sank due to huge waves on Saturday, when it was 43 nautical miles off Rạch Gốc seaport. After being informed about the…... [read more]

Khanh Hoa (VNA) - The southern central province of Khanh Hoa has recorded 3,430 dengue fever cases since the outset of 2016, shooting up 132 percent from a year earlier. One person died of the mosquito-borne disease during the period, according to the province's preventive medicine centre. The number of new dengue fever patients declined between January and June, compared to the peak last December, but rebounded after that with 154 cases in July and another 200 this month. If drastic solutions are not taken, the figure will continue to rise in the next two months, and the disease will become an epidemic in November or December, the centre said. It attributed the spread to unproductive prevention activities and the rainy season - a favourable condition for mosquitoes to develop. Phase I of a mosquito larva elimination campaign was launched in Khanh Hoa in June and July, and the next phase will be held in September, the centre noted. A delegation from the Ministry of Health inspected the dengue fever prevention measures in Khanh Hoa on August 22. Leading the inspection team, Dang Duc Anh, Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, asked the province to step up communications to raise public awareness, spray anti-mosquito chemicals to timely and thoroughly deal with dengue fever hotbeds, and provide intensive training for local medical workers.-VNA... [read more]

Khanh Hoa (VNA) - The southern central province of Khanh Hoa has recorded 3,430 dengue fever cases since the outset of 2016, shooting up 132 percent from a year earlier. One person died of the mosquito-borne disease during the period, according to the province's preventive medicine centre. The number of new dengue fever patients declined between January and June, compared to the peak last December, but rebounded after that with 154 cases in July and another 200 this month. If drastic solutions are not taken, the figure will continue to rise in the next two months, and the disease will become an epidemic in November or December, the centre said. It attributed the spread to unproductive prevention activities and the rainy season - a favourable condition for mosquitoes to develop. Phase I of a mosquito larva elimination campaign was launched in Khanh Hoa in June and July, and the next phase will be held in September, the centre noted. A delegation from the Ministry of Health inspected the dengue fever prevention measures in Khanh Hoa on August 22. Leading the inspection team, Dang Duc Anh, Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, asked the province to step up communications to raise public awareness, spray anti-mosquito chemicals to timely and thoroughly deal with dengue fever hotbeds, and provide intensive training for local medical workers.-VNA... [read more]

Deputy PM Dam made the request on August 7 while chairing a conference held by the Ministry of Health in Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak province to enhance the prevention and control of dengue fever. Expressing his concern that the outbreak of the disease has imposed serious impacts on people’s health, the Government official urged local administrations to step up their communication campaigns in residential areas in order to raise public awareness of dengue fever and inform them on how to protect themselves from the epidemic. He also stressed the need to spray anti-mosquito chemicals at places with high risks of the disease and increase inspections in the area in order to detect cases of dengue fever and quickly bring the situation under control. The Ministry of Health was requested to be well-prepared and stay ready to provide support for localities to limit the outbreak, while health departments must work out measure to prevent overloading at hospitals due to dengue fever. According to a report by the Ministry of Health, since the outset of this year, more than 7,400 dengue fever cases have been reported in Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Kon Tum provinces, accounting for 15.1% of total cases detected nationwide. Dak Lak and Gia Lai are among the top 10 cities and provinces across the country to record the highest number of cases of dengue fever with 1,865 and 3,081 cases reported, respectively.... [read more]

Quang Ninh: work accident kills two coal miners An accident occurred at a coal mine in the northern province of Quang Ninh on August 5 afternoon, killing two workers and injuring two others. The incident happened at 1:30pm at a work site of the Ha Long Coal Company. A cable snapped while the four workers were transporting mining tools down a 67 metre pit. The injured are being treated at the province's general hospital. The Vietnam National Coal - Mineral Industries Corporation offered 20 million VND (897 USD) for the family of each dead person. Flood leaves 13 dead, missing, thousands of visitors stranded in Lao Cai Heavy-rain triggered flooding in the wake of tropical storm Nida caused at least 13 people dead and missing and thousands of visitors stranded due to landslide and flooding in Highway 4D in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai on August 5. According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, storm Nida rendering widespread heavy rains, flash flood and landslides in the northwestern region where locals were struggling to overcome consequences in the aftermath of the first storm hitting the country this year. The Central Steering Center of Natural Disaster Prevention reported that Lao Cai province was the worst hit with 13 people dead and missing. Of these, a couple lost three children who were three, 11 years and five months old in the flood. A mother was swept away with two children of the age of 4-8 years old. Traffic on Highway…... [read more]




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